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How the Indians Lost Their Land: Law and Power on the Frontier
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Belknap Pr
Publication date April 30, 2007
Pages 344
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780674023963
ISBN-10 067402396X
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1.05 lbs.
Original list price $26.50
Other format details university press
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Between the early seventeenth century and the early twentieth,nearly all the land in the United States was transferred from AmericanIndians to whites. This dramatic transformation has been understood in two very different ways--as a series of consensual transactions, but also as a process of violent conquest. Both views cannot be correct. How did Indians actually lose their land?

Stuart Banner provides the first comprehensive answer. He argues that neither simple coercion nor simple consent reflects the complicated legal history of land transfers. Instead, time, place, and the balance of power between Indians and settlers decided the outcome of land struggles. As whites' power grew, they were able to establish the legal institutions and the rules by which land transactions would be made and enforced.

This story of America's colonization remains a story of power, but a more complex kind of power than historians have acknowledged. It is a story in which military force was less important than the power to shape the legal framework within which land would be owned. As a result, white Americans--from eastern cities to the western frontiers--could believe they were buying land from the Indians the same way they bought land from one another. How the Indians Lost Their Land dramatically reveals how subtle changes in the law can determine the fate of a nation, and our understanding of the past.



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from Belknap Pr (October 25, 2005)
9780674018716 | details & prices | 344 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.50 lbs | List price $31.50
About: Argues that the first land deals between Englishmen and Native Americans were lawful real estate transactions based on the definition of what was legal at the time.
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from Belknap Pr (April 30, 2007)
9780674023963 | details & prices | 344 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $26.50
About: Between the early seventeenth century and the early twentieth,nearly all the land in the United States was transferred from AmericanIndians to whites.

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